Today, at last, we have the fridge installed. It is operating on battery power. It is built to work on gas, DC and AC power. I do not plan to ever put it on gas. We have it on the battery (direct). We still need to put two breakers on the line. Tonight is on DC. In the morning we should have our first ice-cube. Really it is not an ice cube tray but just a small dish. But we are hoping for ice.

The next item for work is the water works. I put some of the pieces together yesterday. We have the general idea already in hand. We shall see if it really works as we have planed.

Also, I have ordered some running boards. It has been work to get on board with the plastic steps I have to throw out the door. They are not very stable either. They should arrive in less than two weeks. It will be wonderful. I ordered some screens for the driver’s and passenger’s windows. I plan toe three ceiling fans. The bathroom will not be ready for its fan for some time, however.

While shopping I found a website of a person doing much the same thing that I am. He starting a club of us who are DIY with the PRORV. At last someone who thinks like (well almost like) I do.

More Later, Grand Maverick

July Is Here!

Would you believe it? July is here again. In Wisconsin the weather is colder than usual. The last few nights the temp has gone down to the lower 50s with the high being in the low 70s. It is nice having a pet dog snuggle at night even if she is a “Mini Pin”. I must say that she also takes her protection role seriously. I can not promise that she will not bite a new person. She makes travelling so much nicer.

We are almost finished with the installation of the fridge. That will be “wonderful. The next object of our attention will be the “water works”. This morning I laid out the items for the kitchen sink.

Work is slow but we are getting there.

More later. Grand Maverick.

Another week gone

Time flys or so they say. All I know is that you turn around and its Friday already.
This past week Phil and I have been working on installing another electric line directly from the battery to the fridge. It has been challenge to put the wire under the paneling. It took three days (evenings) to get it behind the paneling. Now we are in the finishing touches such as switches, breakers and such. It may take us another week or so to finish it off.
I took all the items off the living/bed room shelves so we could get the wiring behind them. When I put the stuff back I rearranged them, changed boxes/bags and even gave away some of the items. Always down sizing. Now it I could get a few pounds off my routound belly it would be wonderful

More later. Grand Maverick.

Tatting class

I have been tatting for over 60 years. I taught myself from a booklet while in college. Once you get the simple technique the rest is fun. Years ago the art was accomplished on very small thread for decorations of baby collars and ladies dresses.
Now the most popular is 20 gauge thread and making household items. Some say a very large thread/rope can be used to make nets for fishing. I have not seen it done myself but it sounds interesting.
I have a class forming for this week-end. I hope my students like it as much as I do.

More later Grand Maverick

Day Trip

Today was beautiful. The sun was shining with a few fluffy clouds. So the family and I went for a short trip northward in Wisconsin. We took two vehicles to Baraboo. So I was wondering on the way there.

Why name like that? Will there be any bears there. The answer turns out to be no.. No bears. Lovely town/city but no bears.

Perhaps, some of the people stroll around bare? Again, no. We did not see anyone without their clothes on. Since it was very warm (especially after that unseasonal cold spell), every one had nice summer type clothes on except me. I kept my short jacket on since we had the air conditioner on in the van. And as I expected the restraunt had theirs own as well.

It was very nice to see all my second sons family in one place at the same time. All ready some are moving away from home. There is so talk of two of the boys going to Germany. Even perhaps staying awhile for college.

MOre later. Grand Maverick aka GG Ma

Spring Returns

Spring returns just in time for the holiday. We plan on installing the drain to the fridge. That opens the way to put the micro up on the shelf above the fridge, The counter cook top in immediately over the fridge upon which are two electric cooking burners. These burns can be taken outside to a picnic table. This nice weather is made for a PICNIC. I can hardly wait.
Grand Maverick

Winter has returned

Two days ago I was working in the van and the weather was wonderful. It was sunny and 80 degrees. Oh, how things change.
Today it is cloudy and the low was 35 degrees with a high of not quite 50. It is said to last two days. So I am in the house checking my ancestors on the internet holding the dog on my lap.
Got to go now because she has got to go.
More later. Grand Maverick

Building Continues

Building continues. Yesterday my son cut pieces of wood for the lower level of the pantry. It measures 10″ wide, 24″ deep and 32″ high. It will be on wheels so it can pull out and become a counter-top on the left-hand side of the cook top. Below the cook top is the fridge; above the microwave. There is two incednt cook circles on this area. The cook top its self is 24″wide x24″ deep. and eventually be covered with roll-on formica. The formica will be a light color which so far has been hard to find.

The office area is on the chef’s right containing a computer, a printer and many files. Under the desk will the files in a rolling padded seat. When the desktop is closed it has a beautiful blond oak finish appropriate for an office.. When it is open it joins the kitchen with a formica finish. Now the cook/chef stands in a U-shaped area.

Directly behind the chef is the kitchen sink which also has a formica top. A turn on her/his heals puts her/him at eye level with the toaster oven. A window (yet to be installed) is directly across from the office in the passenger side sliding door. The plans call for a folding table top between the sink area and the righthand passenger’s seat. The allows for easy serving of those playing outdoors. The sink also has a sprayer which those who have been playing mud ball can use to clean with off before entering.

All of the kitchen area is to be painted in “Sunshine Yellow” enamel. The more light reflection the better.

More later (after I catch my breath) Grand Maverick

House cleaning

Most of the winter I stayed with a friend in AR. The van was paeked in her driveway and used for trips to town. When I left for the north country I just put things in paper bags and thru them in where ever I could find a space. What will become a bathroom is now a storage room.
So it was time to clean and straighten things up. I also made a work schedule for the summer.

First is to move the fridge out of the van into temp storage so we can build the lower pantry immediately next to the fridge.

Second is to create the drain hole for the fridge. This should be an interesting activity. My son and I may enlist some of his sons to assist us. They can make the moves under the van with greater ease. Finish installing the fridge. I am putting blocks at the bottom of items so that they will not move from their spaces then the wan is in motion.

Third is to place the microwave on its shelf over the cook area which is over the fridge. I plan on putting a slim stick at the bottom to keep the microwave from sliding off its shelf when the van is in motion.

Fourth is the major activity.. the installation of the water works. The tanks (clean, dirty & black) are already in their spaces. The kitchen sink is in its space. The water pipes need to be installed in their spaces. This includes a shower head. The bath room has no pipes or furniture in it; that is, what is in there is in storage mode not operative mode. This will be the major work item. It will include the bathroom sink, the toilet, hot water heater in the upper right hand corner of the room and pipes from here to there. I plan on mini shelves near the ceiling to hold lots of stuff. The bath measured 25″ x 39″ x 6’2″.

All of this will probably take all summer. I think that is what summers are for. I will keep you posted.
More later Grand Maverick

Sadi Ann D. Pincher

Sadi Ann is adjusting very well. You see, her life has not been an easy one. What we know of her begins the day about three years ago when she was tossed from a vehicle and came to my friend’s door.

My friend lives on a country road upon which many people toss animals they no longer want (or can’t keep when they move). More dogs than cats are tossed – except for kittens along with their mothers.

My friend has about eight dogs and eight cats. She has a fenced-in back yard with a doggie door. Perhaps I should say animal door because the cats use it as well. Her chickens have their own house so do not have to use the animal door.

I am sure that Sadi Ann is missing the play yard and her friends even though she would growl fiercely when they laid too close to her when all eight of them were on my friend’s lap. That was a sight to see. My friend enjoys it as well.

Sadi in enjoying traveling in the van. She has her pillow and blanket in the passenger’s seat. She lets me know when she needs a potty break. The beds are slightly less than cot size but she and I enjoy keeping each other warm at night.

Perhaps I should say I am adjusting to Sadi Ann, the Mini Doberman Pincher very well. She has not tried to bite anyone. She just growls a few times.

More Later, Grand Maverick